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Morning Sports Report - February 19, 2014

Missouri State loses in Normal, Illinois and it was a classic battle between Nixa and Ozark in boys basketball.
NORMAL, Ill--The Missouri State Bears and Illinois State Redbirds tipped off Tuesday night's game in Normal, Illnois tied for third place in the Valley at 7-7.

And the Bears were trying to do something they haven't done since 2011, that is win at Redbird Arena.

In fact the Bears have lost four of the last five games played at Illinois State.

Missouri State battling,  fifth year senior Keith Pickens working hard on the Valley logo gets the hoop and the foul, it's 16-12 Illinois State.

The Redbirds built a big first half lead, Reggie Lynch with the slam dunk, it's 19-12.

Illinois State forced 14 Bear first half turnovers, including this, and the break to Daishon Knight for the hoop, the Redbirds were up by as many as 13 in the first half.

It was 32-26 Redbirds at the half.

Second half, Missouri State roars back, inside to Tyler McCullough for the hoop, it's a one point game.

Then Jarmar Gulley gives it up and then gets it back, for the hoop, two of his game high 24 points, it's 51-50 Illinois State.

Missouri State's Austin Ruder drills this deep three, and the Bears were on top 55-53.

But the Redbirds immediately answer with Nick Zeisloft's three pointer.

Illinois State made its free throws late and beats the Bears 67-63.  


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NIXA, Mo--Boys high school basketball, the back yard brawl, Nixa hosting Ozark.

And the Eagles getting on the board early, the inbounds to Jacob Ruder for the layin, it's 7-4 Nixa.

Ozark moving the ball inside to Thomas Nelson, the shot fake and the hoop, it's 11-10 Tigers.

Back and forth all night, Nixa moving the ball around the horn, and then inside to Chase Allen for the basket, it's 14-11 Nixa.

Ozark on a late second quarter run, Noah Nelson with the three from the corner, 21-18 Ozark.

Nixa would win on a Bryce Dulin jumper 74-72. 


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JUPITER, Fla--The St. Louis Cardinals entire 40 man roster was required to be in camp Tuesday in Jupiter, Florida.

But that was just a formality, most of the position players have been in camp since last week.

The attention is always on pitching in the early weeks of training camp.

And the Cardinals are stocked with winning arms, led by veteran Adam Wainwright.

Wainwright won 19 games last season tied for first in the National League.

But this will his first full season without his mentor Chris Carpenter.

And Wainwright says make no mistake he's the teams ace.

"Here's what I told these guys last year.   And I'm going to tell them again this year," said Adam Wainwright. "I'm not going anywhere.  If you want this top spot you have to come and get it.  And if you take it.  Then it means we're going to be really, really good.  Because I plan on pitching the same way I have for years and years to come..."

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